Award shock

A British warehouse worker will be battling it out against some of the most well regarded names in the music industry after he was shortlisted for an Ivor Novello award.

Nick Hemming wrote his song, The Last of the Melting Snow, while he sat at home alone on New Years Eve contemplating an encounter with a former girlfriend and it is now a hotly tipped favourite to win in the best song musically and lyrically category at the awards.

This is the first time in the history of the Ivor Novello awards, which started 54 years ago, that a self published musician has been entered into this important category.